Celebrating 10 Years

Since opening the doors on January 2, 2010, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has hosted more than 30 modern art exhibitions, developed a diverse on- and off-site entertaining and educational programmatic calendar and served more than 300,000 people.

Over the past decade, Charlotte’s only dedicated Modern Art museum has evolved into much more than a museum. It has become a community gathering space through the development and growth of monthly programs like Jazz at the Bechtler, Bechtler By Night, Music and Museum and Modernism + Film.

And through a variety of community support, the museum has been able to fulfill a commitment to share the joy of the Bechtler collection and enrich the lives of the entire community through devoted outreach programming like Artists in Resident, Jail Arts Initiative, Low to No Vision, InReach, Museum Memories and other programs that extend programming beyond the museum walls to undeserved Charlotte communities. To date, the museum has served more than 14,000 community members through dedicated community outreach programming.

Throughout 2020, the Bechtler will showcase a mix of exhibitions and enhancements to select monthly programs to commemorate the museum’s milestone. 

Celebrating 10 Years: Exhibitions

Filled with Light: The Designs of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art 

On view through July 6, 2020

Discover the lesser-known programmatic and design evolution of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Never-before-seen architectural sketches, drawings, study photographs and plans illuminate the remarkable evolution of this powerful yet intimate building.


On view through May 3, 2020

TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions, all brought together to showcase the excellence and share the joy of the Bechtler collection as we look back at the past decade. 

Celebrating 10 Years: Programming

Celebrating 10 Years: A Jazz at the Bechtler Birthday Bash

Friday, January 3, 2020

Music and Museum
Hans Bechtler Dedication Concert

Sunday, February 9, 2020
6 p.m.

Bechtler By Night
Celebrating 10 Years

Friday, March 20, 2020
5 – 9 p.m.

Stroller Tours

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The 2020 Gala

*This event has been postponed

Family Day at the Bechtler

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Noon – 4:30 p.m. 


An Individual Membership with unlimited access to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is $50.

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The Bechtler collection juxtaposes whimsy with work of significant intellectual depth and historical significance. Cosmopolitan in nature yet intimate in scale, the museum provides an experience that is inspiring and approachable. The artworks were committed to the city of Charlotte by Andreas Bechtler who, along with his family, built the collection over 70 years.

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